Breno Siqueira


Last Wednesday (22), the classic was tied without goals for the first leg of the round of 16 of the national tournament.

Photo: Isabela Azine/AGIF - Goiás and Atlético-GO were in a goalless draw at Accioly
Photo: Isabela Azine/AGIF – Goiás and Atlético-GO were in a goalless draw at Accioly

At Antônio Accioly, Atlético-GO and Goiás were in a goalless draw for the round of 16 of the Copa do Brasil. After the match, coach Jair Ventura commented on the performance of the Esmeraldina team in the derby, that even with less possession of the ball and fewer shots in the duel against the rival, Goiás had the best chances, forcing goalkeeper Ronaldo to make good saves.

“Atltico-GO had more possession of the ball, but we had the best chances. The beginning of the game was truncated, but then it opened and it was good. We improved in the second half and we could have won it”, said the coach of the Esmeraldina team. To reach the round of 16, Esmeraldino beat another Serie A team, Red Bull Bragantino, on penalties.

Throughout the match, Atlético Goianiense had 65% possession of the ball against 35% for Goiás. Rubro-Negro exchanged almost twice as many passes in the match. Although he presented these numbers, the number of shots was very similar, as Dragão kicked 16 times (5 of them on goal), while Goiás finished another 12, two of them in the direction of Ronaldo’s goal.

Jair Ventura also planned the return duel against Atlético-GO for the Copa do Brasil, which takes place on July 13, this time with Goiás in command. The match should take place at Serrinha Stadium. Before that, Esmeraldino focuses on the Brazilian Championship, where they fight to avoid relegation to this year’s Série B. At the moment, the team is in 17th place.

“I think the only advantage is that we will play in front of our fans. We didn’t have an advantage on the scoreboard, but we’ll be with the emerald crowd on our side and may they help us get that spot”, completed Jair Ventura. Goiás’ next match will take place this Sunday (26) against Cuiabá, at Serrinha stadium. If it wins, the team leaves the Z-4. .

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